Pellissippi State hosts competition for young inventors

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Attention, science teachers: Tell your students that Saturday, Feb. 23, is the big day.

Pellissippi State Community College is hosting the second annual Inventors’ Fair for middle, high school and, for the first time ever, college students. The event is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Goins Building College Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

The fair is hosted by the Pellissippi State Science Club. It’s sure to be fun and educational for students. Parents are also invited to attend.

“There are many students around our communities who have great ideas that may otherwise go unrecognized,” said Jerry Burns, who teaches chemistry at the college and is the club sponsorinflatable santa claus deer. “We want to reward innovation.”

Students may bring projects they’ve created for school science fairs and enter them in the Pellissippi State competition. Three winners in the middle-school bracket and three in the high-school level will be selected. Winners receive cash prizes of $10, $20 and $30.

Area college students are invited to enter their own inventions in the brand-new college-age category. Prizes will be awarded in that category, too.

Each entrant receives feedback from Pellissippi State science students and faculty members. That feedback is especially valuable for students who decide to enter their projects in the April 1-4 Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Tennessee. Three students from each bracket will be awarded the $10 entrance fee to compete in the SASEF.

In addition to competing on the 23rd, students will have the chance to enjoy some science fun, as Pellissippi State Science Club members assist them with entertaining experiments and demonstrations.

“Last year the students had such a great time making their own ice cream and watching all the experiments,” said Lee Beckner, Science Club president. “I think they took a new appreciation of science away with them, and I hope that it stays with them and they become the great minds of our future.”

For more information on the Inventors’ Fair, call (865) 694-6400 or email Burns at or beckner at

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.